All engrossing, pure escapist, nail-biting anxiety, mind bending terror and psychological twists. We’re not sure why it’s so appealing. Good though, isn’t it! You might also like to browse our Crime and Mystery category.
A 2012 World Book Night selection. Tough ladies dominate Martina’s gangland thrillers, ladies strong enough to stand up to violent men in a shady world …. most of the time. This is Martina’s twelfth East End, hard-hitting novel of grit, blood and passion. She writes in an easy flowing, addictive style that draws you in to the criminal underworld right from the start. Light reading but tough material.
Ariana Franklin was shortlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library 2009 - the prize awarded for an author's body of work. A very special historical murder mystery and a wonderful follow-up to her prize-winning Mistress of the Art of Death. Featuring the same sleuth who here needs to discover whether Eleanor of Aquitaine ordered the murder of her husband, Henry II’s mistress. This is glorious stuff both in historical detail and classic whodunit genre. Comparison: C J Sansom, Cora Harrison, Cassandra Clark. Mistress of the Art of Death series:1. The Mistress of the Art of Death2. The Death Maze3. Relics of the Dead4. The Assassin's Prayer
Jack Reacher arrives in a small American town called Despair, adjacent to Hope! Made welcome by the powers in charge, he joins up with a woman police officer to find out what is happening at a large metal recycling plant outside town … and then the fun begins. Jack Reacher is ace, charismatic and astute with a strong moral sense, a very likeable hero indeed. If you haven’t met him yet you must. Men want to emulate him, women fall for him. I have never met anyone who doesn’t love him. If you are new to him (so what kept you so long?) then be warned, you’ll get hooked and you have eleven backlist titles to indulge in. Comparison: Michael Connelly, John Grisham, Stephen Leather.
2010 is going be Bruen’s year, with three major movies based on his books being released, including the star-studded LONDON BOULEVARD. His Galway PI series featuring Jack Taylor takes a scalpel to the soul of Irish society and SANCTUARY, his 7th outing, is both a bitter and breathless waltz into darkness, unveiling layers of corruption like the peeling of an onion. Jack Taylor series:1. The Guards2. The Killing of the Tinkers3. The Magdalen Martyrs4. The Dramatist5. Priest6. Cross7. Sanctuary
Tom Rob Smith’s debut novel, Child 44, was one of the runaway successes of 2008 and his follow up novel is equally gripping. Set in the Soviet Union of 1956, Stalin is dead and when a secret manifesto is released, to the nation, claiming he was a tyrant and murderer and the Soviet Union must transform, cracks that were already forming in this fragile society start to break wide open and who to trust is impossible to know. From the streets of Moscow to the Siberian gulags this fast paced thriller will keep you hooked on the action from the start. A brilliant look at what might have been.
People trafficking, Political intrigue and environmental issues all mixed up with illicit affairs and plenty of red herrings makes Bleed a River Deep a very satisfying read. A controversial US senator is attacked by an environmentalist, concerned about pollution from a new gold mine, who then is found dead. An illegal immigrant is viciously murdered. Are these seemingly random events linked to something more sinister? A well known Irish Crime writer and well worth trying now he has 'come over the water'. If you like Rebus and Resnick you’ll love his central character, Inspector Benedict Devlin.
Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. The second outing for Inspector Devlin where we begin to learn more about him and his colleagues but of course it’s the murders that hold the attention here, a young girl and then an ex-con – brutally crucified. This is police procedural stuff at its best. Don’t miss it. Comparison: Graham Hurley, Peter James, John Harvey.
Living a lie for 21 years - and now the past has caught up with him... A first-rate thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Caught.
Like Raymond Chandler; read Michael Connelly. Both these American master storytellers principally write about Los Angeles and its boulevards of broken dreams and toil in the so-called hardboiled streets. Their respective heroes, Philip Marlowe and Harry Bosch act as avenging knights decades apart but the sense of anger at corruption and the spread of evil is the same, alongside carefully-tuned plots and galleries of wonderful characters, full of colour and pathos. Chandler created the model for modern crime fiction, Connelly takes over the relay and brought it into the 21st century.Recommended:Raymond Chandler - THE LITTLE SISTER. Not his most known, but a fascinating and tender glimpse into the intricate webs of deception that bring people together and then destroy them.Michael Connelly - THE POET. A stand-alone novel that does not feature Harry Bosch, but follows a group of FBI agents on the trail of a terribly devious serial killer. A breathless masterpiece. The Lovereading view... Winner of the Best Novel at the Anthony Awards 1997. Not part of the Harry Bosch series, this is a one of Connellys ‘stand alone’ novels, although he subsequently wrote The Narrows, which is the sequel to this. Fast paced with great twists and turns this really is one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat and racing to get to the end to discover the identity of the elusive ‘Poet’.
Reviewed on Richard & Judy's Book Club 2009 on Wednesay 21 January. This is not a run of the mill police procedural more a thriller that slowly unravels a mystery. When Ethan Muller discovers a series of paintings he is unaware that they are in fact damning evidence of some terrible deeds committed years before. This is the son of Faye and Jonathan Kellerman so he has a good pedigree, along with his own individual style.
The third book in the Body Farm Thriller series. These are a great read for those really interested in the forensic side of police investigations as there is aplenty of gory detail, as well as fascinating insight in to these procedures. Bill Brockton’s forensic anthropologist is back doing what he does best in his work life and what he does worst in his personal life. A must for all you C.S.I fans.
Wonderfully creepy this will have chills running up and down your spine. This is Verhoef’s first novel published in the UK and we think she is definitely going to make her mark on the crime fiction scene. Trust and suspicion intertwine to create one of the most tense thrillers you’ll read this year.
White Knuckle Rides
Picture it. You’re going on holiday. The bags are packed and the family is ready, you’re at the gate, the plane is boarding, you’ve decided to start your brand new, especially purchased thriller right away. Suddenly, you’re immersed into the corridors of intrigue, conspiracy, murder, espionage and you don’t know who to trust. The plane has left without you. So has the family. You haven’t even noticed. At least you have a good book … and the whole house to yourself for a week!
This section is crammed with dangerously compelling adventures that will have your nails bitten and nervous system tested to the full. From Dan Brown, Stieg Larsson and James Patterson to Fred Vargas, Bernard Minier and C.J Sansom, there’s enough here to keep you ‘head-down and out-of-it’ for years. There’s certainly time to read one more before the family gets back from Torremolinos … and that’s where we come in!
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